About this Event

Logo with a turquoise blue background with the number 51 with an abstract pattern of various colors over a white square with the Wichita Arts Council logo.

For more than 50 years, Wichita’s Arts Council has recognized the people, businesses, and organizations that enhance and expand arts enrichment and cultural vitality to our community. This year, twelve individuals and entities will be recognized for exceptional contributions to further the growth and development of arts in Wichita. The Wichita Art Museum is again pleased to be the host location for this year’s awards dinner, honoring remarkable award winners in 2021.

The 2021 Arts Council Art Award Winners:
Outstanding Achievement in Art—Individual Artist: Chris Brunner
Outstanding Achievement in Art—Youth Recognition Award: Mara Howes
Outstanding Arts Organization Award: Music Theatre for Young People
Gordon W. Evans Art Leadership Award: J. Eric Engstrom
Burton Pell Achievement in Music Award: Catherine Consiglio
Arts Advocate Appreciation Award—Individual: Sarah Kephart
Arts Advocate Appreciation Award—Group or Business: Hartke Presents
Special Project Recognition Award—Group: Ulrich Museum of Art, Ulrich + Artist + Community Billboard Project
Special Project Recognition Award—Individual: Emily Christensen
Arts Educator Recognition Award: Babs Mellor
Special Recognition Award: Richard D. Smith
Chris Cherches Award: 9th Street – I-135 to Hillside Project
Ellamonique Baccus, Artist
Baughman Company PA, Design Firm
Cornejo & Sons LLC, General Contractor

5:30 pm | Reception and cash bar
6 pm | Dinner
6:45 pm | Awards ceremony
$75 per person. To purchase tickets, call 316-303-8100 or visit